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Chapter 1: The Prison of Shadows
Long, twisting vines of ivy crept up the side of the observatory tower, one of the few locations in the royal palace that was overgrown. The royal gardeners had barely touched the ivy in the past year or two, at Princess Luna's request. She loved the charm and character the vines added to her tower, and if there were any concerns about the creeping plant breaking down the stone and masonwork, then she would be the one to reinforce the tower with magic. Her elder sister, Princess Celestia, thought the notion a fine one, and nopony else objected.
At that moment, she was finishing the spellwork necessary to weaken the choking vines, and watching as the sun started its slow climb down from its zenith. The day was moving into the afternoon and before long, the afternoon would move into the dusk, and then Luna would raise the moon and begin her official duties as the Princess of the Night. It wasn't easy, becoming reaccust
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Chapter 2: The Worries of Sisters
Dusk had descended upon Equestria once again, and Celestia dismissed herself from her duties for the day. The princesses rarely had a day truly free from their duties. They had to move the celestial orbs as always, and both had a strong sense of duty to their people. There were, however, days that they each enjoyed more so than usual. And today had been one such day for Princess Celestia.
“Shall I have your sunshine cake delivered to your private chambers, Your Highness?” The head of the royal kitchens asked, trotting beside the towering Princess of the Day. She let out a small chuckle, giving the stout earth pony an appreciative smile.
“Thank you, Bon Appétit, but that won't be necessary,” she replied, “I should like to eat the cake in the Room of Reclining this evening. I want to commune with my sister.”
He glanced up at her, looking a touch concerned.
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Chapter 3: The Nightmare
Dark shrouds of deepest gray rose from the ground like living mist, vanishing at chest height. The mist rippled and shimmered, not unlike the Northern Lights visible in the winter. Soft snatches of strange whispers floated upon the air, falling silent before their secrets could be shared. The sky was a midnight-blue, starless void, and the path stretched forward, like a narrow trail cut into the Everfree Forest. But if this were a forest, the trees were only visible far, far ahead, and the closer one got to them, they vanished. A normal pony would have been puzzled to find themselves in such a place, possibly even frightened by it. But to Princess Luna, this sight was nothing new. The ever-shifting dreamscape was more familiar than anything she could recall from thousands of years ago, and dream-walking was as natural for her as breathing.
For a fleeting moment, she was overcome with apprehension, but quickly she rec
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Chapter 4: That Which Was
The shadowy prison of the oubliette was always dark in its own way, but that late night as Luna descended, that darkness about the place felt distinctly sinister. The shadows were silently mocking her she was certain, but her rage at the nightmare burned away all hesitation and anxiety she may have felt. She moved with swiftness, letting her own natural glow illuminate her path, as her reserves of patience had run too dry to even bother illuminating her horn.
Sombra! She thought furiously, anger coursing through her. That foul, wretched, vile, lying monster! This time I shall get answers out of him!
A vague, fleeting thought at the back of her mind wondered if the unicorn king could possibly hear her thoughts in some way, but that by that point, she cared not if he could.
Let him! Let him know of my approach and my intent! May he be wise enough that he trembles in the face of my wrath!
Her guards saw her appro